HTC HD2 now available on Virgin mobile and O2 UK


The HTC HD2 has been available on O2 UK for a little while but only in retail shops. It looks like it is now finally up on O2′s website here.

UK’s Virgin Mobile is also now offering the HD2 on their website here for £75 with £25p/m on an 18 month contract (500mins talk & unlimited Text & Data) or you can get it for free if you if you tadre in you current phone and/or get a 24months contract.

Don’t goget to check out our HTC HD2 Review.

Source: O2 UK & Virgin via Coolsmartphone

HTC HD2 SIM Contacts HOTFIX


HTC just released a new hotfix for the HTC HD2 aimed at fixing a SIM contacts bug present in ROMs less than or equal to 1.59.XXX.X.

This update for HTC HD2 allows for contacts stored on your SIM card to be properly displayed on your phone along with Phone and Exchange Server contacts.

Th’at’s nicel, but when is HTC going to fix those bugs ?

Grab the HotFix here

Source: HTC

HTC HD2 officially announced on T-Mobile, available this Spring

HTC and T-Mobile have just officially announced that the HTC HD2 will be out in spring in the US:

Head over here to sign up for more info.

Here’s the full Press release:

T-Mobile USA TO EXCLUSIVELY OFFER HTC HD2

Arriving in the U.S. this spring, the HTC HD2 features a big, brilliant screen, blazing fast processor, and the celebrated HTC Sense™ experience

LAS VEGAS – Jan. 6, 2010 – T-Mobile USA, Inc. and HTC today announced that HTC HD2ä is expected to be available for the first time in the U.S. exclusively from T-Mobile USA this spring. With its industry-leading, high-resolution, 4.3-inch capacitive touch display and high-powered features, the ultrathin HTC HD2 phone delivers content in a sharper, brighter and richer way.

The HTC HD2 comes equipped with the 1GHz Snapdragon™ by Qualcomm mobile processor and utilizes T-Mobile’s high-speed 3G network for a fast mobile data experience.

“T-Mobile and HTC have a long history of partnering to deliver innovative, cutting-edge products to T-Mobile customers,” said George Harrison, vice president, marketing product innovation, T-Mobile USA. “The HTC HD2 delivers a thin, sophisticated design and powerful features that we are excited to add to our dynamic smartphone lineup this spring.”

The HTC HD2 is the first Windows® phone with HTC Sense, a software experience focused on putting people at the center by making their phones work in a more simple, natural and personal way. With the HTC Sense experience, the HTC HD2 includes a variety of enhancements that expand and improve the overall phone experience. For example, the HTC HD2 includes a proximity sensor that is used to prevent false screen touches when the phone is picked up to answer or make a call, and a light sensor automatically adjusts the brightness of the display.

“Combining the intuitive user interface based on HTC Sense with an outstanding set of specifications and the powerful T-Mobile network, the HTC HD2 adds up to be not only an amazing device, but an amazing experience as well,” said Jason Mackenzie, vice president of HTC America. “The HTC HD2 is a Windows phone that has already been enthusiastically received in Europe and Asia, and we are excited to bring this highly anticipated device to the U.S., exclusively through T-Mobile USA.”

The HTC HD2 uses the first capacitive touch display on a Windows phone for the smoothest possible performance and to make viewing, zooming and resizing Web sites, Microsoft Office files, PDF documents and pictures easier with just a simple pinching motion. The large capacitive display makes it easy to read and reply to Outlook e-mails, edit a Word document or modify an Excel spreadsheet right from the HTC HD2. In addition, the HTC HD2 delivers advanced phone features including GPS functionality, a Web browser, and an advanced 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with dual LED flash for capturing images, even in dim conditions.

Availability

The HTC HD2 is expected to be available in the U.S. exclusively to T-Mobile customers this spring. More details will be available at http://www.sticktogether.com/htchd2.

source: T-Mobile

HTC HD2 HardSPL finally available


HTC HD2 users rejoice, after the SSPL here comes the HSPL. The release notes:

Release Notes:

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DarkForces Team HardSPL by bepe and Cotulla

Please read carefully before installing!

1) To install this HSPL there must be SPL 1.42.0000 on your device.
Otherwise the installation will fail!
To check your SPL version, hold the Volume Down button and do a reset.
It is possible to downgrade to this SPL, by just flashing to an Official ROM
with this SPL version.

2) Features
- Disabled CID Check, so you can flash any official ROM without using a Gold Card.
- Security Level = 0, so you can use all the boot loader commands (for developers).
- This HSPL will not get overwritten when flashing a full NBH with SPL via RUU.
- No NBH signatures check, so you can flash unsigned ROM images.

3) Warranty Issues
Be warned, Installing HSPL may void your warranty.
If you need to send your device to a Repair Centre,
make sure that you uninstall HSPL!

4) Uninstallation
Only way to remove the HSPL is to flash an original SPL from SD card.
- Take any “RUU_signed.nbh” from a ship ROM and copy it to SD card.
- Rename it to “leoimg.nbh”
- Reset the device while pressing the volume down button.

5) Disclaimer
This product is free to use, but at your own risk. We take no
responsibility for any conflict, fault, or damage caused by
this unlocking procedure. No warranties of any kind are given.
We have tested our product on several devices and have not
found any problems with it.

I don’t recommended doing this so don’t blame me or MobileTechWorld if you brick your HD2 and remember that it will void your warranty.

Grab it here

Source: XDA

HTC retracts HTC HD2 WM7 Twitter “announcement”


I think that this move isn’t going to surprise anybody (given that Microsoft didn’t even officially announce WM7 yet), but HTC Russian posted the following a few hours ago:

Unfortunately, the tweet regarding the WM7 upgrade for the HTC HD2 was posted in error and is unconfirmed at this time.
As always, we evaluate upgrades to ensure the best possible experience for our users and will be keeping you up-to-date.

Well, we atleast know that HTC is currently working on WM7 on the HD2. See the original tweet here.

Source: HTC

Latest version of HTC HD2 Sense UI (Manila) mentions Windows Mobile 7


Here are some more findings hinting at a future Windows Mobile 7 update for the HTC HD2. The latest Manila 2.5.1922 (Sense UI) from the leaked 2.02 HTC HD2 ROM includes the following Lua scripts:

if HomeMachineStatus.WM7Device.Value then
IsWindowsMobile7Device = true
PredefineItem = 1
HomeItemCollection = HomeManager:GetHomeCollection(1)
else
IsWindowsMobile7Device = false
PredefineItem = 0
HomeItemCollection = HomeManager:GetHomeCollection()
end

This would suggest that HTC is currently working on Windows Mobile 7 ROMs and that the Sense UI may be ported to Microsoft’s new mobile OS.

Source: XDA

HTC HD2 to officially get Windows Mobile 7 update

What the he….According to HTC’s Russian Twitter account the HTC HD2 is the only device on the market that will get an update to Windows Mobile 7!

Translation:

for Diamond 2 firmware is not planned. Of the existing communicators on the market, only the HD2 firmware to get WM7.

Hopefully this is indeed true and the Russian rep wasn’t smoking something…Don’t forget to check out our HD2 review.

Source: Twitter via PocketNow

HTC HD2 SSPL released: Try it now


The boys (Bepe) at XDA just released the SSPL (not HSPL) for the HTC HD2. This lets you flash your HD2 with unsigned/cooked ROMs but won’t let you flash the SPL or the Radio.

How safe is it?
We disabled SPL and Radio flashing, so it can only flash Splashes and OS images.
(To all hackers out there… don’t enable it! else you will BRICK your device)
Worst case is that you destroy your OS partition, in that case you must flash a ship ROM using the original SPL (Vol down on boot run ruu from PC )
We did our best to make it save, else we would not release it for public testing, but anyway, all on your own risk!

How to use it:

* Download the SSPL_RUU.exe and put it into an empty folder
* Add the RUU_signed.nbh that you want to flash to your device into the same folder
* Connect the device to the PC, device must be running WM, not show the 3 color screen
* Run SSPL_RUU.exe

Always back up your device before!

Head over here for all the instructions.

HDblog.it posted a video walkthrough instruction on how to use the SSPL:

Source: XDA-Devs & HDBlog.it

6 Bugs that HTC has to fix on the HD2

 

The HTC HD2 is currently one of the best and most advanced smartphone on the market, but like every new device it suffers from quite a few bugs that can irritate the end user:

SMS

The now infamous SMS “stuck in outbox bug” is probably what should be fixed a soon as possible. The HOTFIX released a few days ago doesn’t seem to have fixed the problem as far as I can tell.User who applied the patch still suffer from this and other who are running the 1.61 that supposedly already includes the fix) are experiencing this too. Some messages also show up with the wrong date and timestamp.

Volume rocker

The hardware volume rocker also suffers from some weird behaviour. When watching a video through HTC’s Album application (and YouTube app or listening to music through Sense) the on-screen overlay volume visualization (that lets you know your volume level) often disappears so you have to guess what your current volume is. Even worst, sometimes pressing up or down on the rocker will fast forward or rewind the video (or crash the device) or the music you are listening too. Soft-Resetting the devices is the only way to vring the volume overlay back.

Camera

Even-though a HOTFIX was released for the Pink camera hue/spot HTC can still do a better job because, so far it looks like the FIX doesn’t apply to videos captured with the device.

Radio / Cellular reception

As I stated in my review, the HD2′s Radio ROM suffers from bad reception in some areas and weird disconnections when the Data connection is active (other phones in the same area don’t exhibit these problems).

Screen sensitivity

Some users are complaining that the capacitive screen sensitivity is a little bit too high (you can find some CABs on XDA that can lower it) especialy when typing on the on-screen keyboard. It would be nice if HTC added a sensitivity option so users can choose between high/low sensitivity to meet their needs.UPDATE: Another bug related to the screen sensitivity is the strange jittering finger bug (I didn’t experience it on my device yet, but many users seem to be affected).See Dallis post in the comments.

Multi-Touch


The third-party applications pinch-zooming implementation (in file explorer, outlook etc) that HTC added to Windows Mobile can disappear and no-longer work for no apparent reason. A soft-rest of the device is the only way to bring it back.

Anything thing else I’ve missed? Don’t hesitate to comment.

HTC HD2 calendar HOTFIX released


One more HOTFIX for the HTC HD2 has been made available today, however there’s still no change log (the description doesn’t say much..) and the file seems to be un-available at this time.

Source HTC via XDA

New Opera Mobile 9.7 build 35627 for the HTC HD2


If you don’t feel like flashing the latest T-Mobile 2.01 ROM you can still install the latest build of Opera Mobile 9.7 (35627) on your HTC HD2. So far it seems like the browser is a tiny bit faster when switching from portrait to landscape and a bit more responsive. Just grab the cab here. FYI the previous build number was 35577. You can also download the latest version of HTC Album here.

Via: XDA

HTC HD2 launches in India on TATA DOCOMO


The HTC HD2 just launched in India a few days ago on TACA DOCOMO, check out the full press release below:

New Delhi, December 17, 2009: HTC Corporation (TAIEX: 2498; “HTC”) today launched the HTC HD2™, the first Windows phone with HTC Sense, in India. With its industry leading, high-resolution 4.3-inch ‘capacitive touch’ display, the ultra-thin HTC HD2 delivers more visible content in a sharper, brighter and richer way.

The HD2 uses the first ‘capacitive touch’ display on a Windows phone to make viewing, zooming and resizing websites, Microsoft® Office files, PDF documents and pictures easier, with just a pinch of the user’s finger. The large display also enables faster, more efficient and accurate typing using the onscreen keyboard. Utilizing Qualcomm’s new 1 Ghz Snapdragon mobile processor, the HTC HD2 offers enhanced performance that improves the speed of applications, videos, games and more.

As part of its initiative to encourage Internet access through mobile devices, TATA DOCOMO has announced an exclusive offer with this launch. TATA DOCOMO customers who purchase an HTC HD2 phone will get an exclusive offer to browse the Internet and download 500MB of data per month free for a period of 6 months.

“HTC HD2 is the first Windows phone to embody the HTC Sense user interface, which makes the phone much more intuitive, engaging and a pleasure to use. Powered by Windows Mobile 6.5, the HD2 blends cutting-edge technology and stylish looks to deliver a smooth and superior experience to the customers”, said Mr Ajay Sharma, Country Head, HTC India.

Announcing the launch of the HTC HD2 for TATA DOCOMO customers, Mr Gurinder Singh Sandhu, Chief Marketing Officer, TATA DOCOMO, said, “TATA DOCOMO is a young brand that recently rolled out GSM services across 15 Circles within a span of five months and has received an enthusiastic response. When we launched our GSM services, we had promised our subscribers that we would bring to them the best products and services. Living up to that brand promise, we are launching the HTC HD2 phones for our customers. Infact we will be premiering the HTC HD2 exclusively at TATA DOCOMO Dive-In stores so that customers may have a first hand experience of the world’s biggest touch screen phone.”

“The HTC HD2 phones, together with TATA DOCOMO offerings, will appeal to a broad spectrum of retail and business customers who want an exceptional mobile experience with e-mail, messaging, social networking, mobile Internet, music and entertainment,” Mr Sandhu added.

The HTC HD2 showcases the powerful messaging, browsing and productivity capabilities delivered by Windows Mobile® 6.5. Offering the best in e-mail experience complete with the ability to synchronize with Microsoft Exchange, users have the ability to check and manage multiple e-mail accounts. Microsoft’s new My Phone service enables users to automatically back up and synch photos, music, contacts and text messages for free from the HD2 to the web.

Pricing and Availability

The HTC HD2 will be available at a market operating price of Rs 39,990 in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, and Rs 36,990 in the other parts of the country at all leading authorised HTC resellers across the country.

To avail the TATA DOCOMO offer, customers can SMS ‘WINDOWS’ to 54321 from their HTC HD2 Handset.

Source: HTC

New HTC HD2 Sense UI features: Documents tab & new music library


Included in the T-Mobile US HTC HD2 rom I posted yesterday is a new version of the HTC’s Sense UI for the HD2. This newer versions now includes a documents tabs that has direct access to your My Documents folder and lets you browse through you PDF’s Office docs without having to access the File Explorer. The second improvement is in the music library; browsing through your music is now faster thanks to a new drop down menu that appears when you tap on an artist’s name for example.

Source: XDA

HTC HD2 out in Australia next month, win 1 from Microsoft


Our Aussie freinds are finally going to be able to buy HTC’s latest & greatest Windows Mobile phone next (on Telstra I guess). Microsoft Australia is also giving away 5 HTC HD2 on their website. Just head over there to have a chance to win one.

The HTC HD2 is launching in January 2010 – it’s HTC’s most exciting Windows Phone, featuring a massive 4.3″ capacitive touch screen. To celebrate, we are giving away five complimentary HTC HD2 Windows phones*.

To enter, you simply need to register your interest and tell us in 25 words or less how the HTC HD2 will improve your life.

Source: Microsoft via Istartedsomething

HTC HD2 2.01 T-Mobile US ROM leaked


The T-Mobile ROM we talked about last night is now availalble on the internet. Beware thoguht; it’s a test only ROM for T-Mobile US and has radio issues in Europe, most othe the OS/Drivers etc are older than the 1.61 ROM even thought some HTC apps are newer (keyboard, Album, Teeter, etc). I wouldn’t recommend flashing your HTC HD2 with it right now.

Grab it here Password: PDAVIET

The HTC HD2 might be headed to T-Mobile US next year

HD2 Tmo
Good news for you T-Mobile users in the US, information found in a upcoming ROM suggests that HTC HD2 the might be headed to the carrier early next year. What’s also interesting is that the ROM version is a big jump from the current official 1.48 version (the latest leaked is 1.61):

* Leo ROM 2.01
* WM6.5 build 21869
* Opera 9.7.0.35627
* OzIM_US_1.0.5.1.139
* Teeter 2.0
* TMOUS_Manila_Core 2.5.1921401

Source: WMExperts

HTC HD2 Review: The best smartphone ever?

Intro

For many years Windows Mobile users have been disappointed every time a new handset was announced because this or that feature was missing. Not long ago it was screen resolutions, people wanted VGA screens, before that it was Wi-Fi or GPS, 3D acceleration or camera flashes etc. This year HTC finally announced what everybody’s been wishing and waiting for. A Windows Mobile smartphone that has every single feature imaginable (besides a hardware keyboard), the HTC HD2. Will this device be enough for the power user? Is it too late to “save” WM6.5 ?

Continue reading HTC HD2 Review: The best smartphone ever? →

HTC HD2 SD Card patch / update

HTC Support
HTC just posted a new update for the HD2 today. This time related to the microSD Card support. Unfortunately I don’t really know what the heck they are talking about given that there is no change log:

This update for HTC HD2 further extends support of the SD Storage Capability. Taking pictures with your 5 Megapixel lens and dual LED flash can only truly be appreciated at the maximum quality, and now with this update, you will be able to appreciate how much more you can store in your 8GB or more SD Card.

Note: This update is only applicable to Camera versions equal to Version 6.26 (Build 1921.1625), or lower. You can check the Camera Version under HOME > Start Menu > Camera> Settings > Advanced > Page 5> About> Version information.

Grab it here

Source: HTC

HTC HD2 SMS Bug fix released

HTC Support
HTC has just released a hotfix for the SMS bug that many people encounter when sending a message on the HTC HD2(the sms gets stuck in the outbox). This update is only applicable to ROM version is equal to 1.49.XXX.X, or lower. I’m currently running the 1.61 that supposedly already have this hotfix and still have the SMS issue…

Update for HTC HD2 – SMS Function Update
This update for HTC HD2 messaging lets you reach out to your friends and family with instant notifications. Keeping in touch has always been very important, and this update delivers just that: fast and reliable SMS messaging.

Download it here

Source: HTC